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[me] It's Tuesday, January 28, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan --- I'm Sarah Lane --- I'm Jason Howell

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[me] Tech News Today explores the top tech news in 30 minutes or less.

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CONVERSATION 1SHOWLINKS

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[me] Online retailer Amazon is planning to sell a TV box that doubles as a gaming console for less than $300. The information comes from the video game blog VG twenty four seven, which claims several sources who have been briefed on the hardware. Like Amazon’s Kindle tablets, the box will run on Android, according to the report. The device is being created by Amazon’s design subsidiary Lab 126, according to the post.http://www.vg247.com/2014/01/28/amazons-android-console-to-launch-this-year-priced-below-300/

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* Amazon already has an active customer base of 200 million people
* 10 million of which are said to subscribe to the $79-a-month Prime Service.
* Earlier this month Amazon sent invites to a recruitment event in Boston for “a new revolutionary V1 [Version 1] product that will allow us to deliver Digital Media to customers in new ways and disrupt the current marketplace.”
* Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors - TechCrunch

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CONVERSATION 2SHOWLINKS

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[sl] More than one billion smartphones were sold last year, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, a 38.4% increase over 2012. Apple and Samsung are the only companies with double-digit smartphone market share and together enjoy the lionshare of industy profits. But that combined market share is declining according to both International Data Corp. and Strategy Analytics, both of which show Apple and Samsung’s combined market share dropped from about half the market to about 47-48%. In earnings calls Apple reported the sale of 51 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2013. Samsung sold 86 million. Big numbers, but these leaders are being overwhelmed by smaller upstarts and fast growth in China, India and other emerging markets. Huawei, LG and Lenovo all grew twice the industry average and now own a combined 14% market share.http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/01/27/samsung-widens-lead-in-worldwide-smartphone-marketshare-smaller-oems-risinghttp://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/01/28/apples-smartphone-market-share-drops-as-samsungs-edges-up/

http://www.businessinsider.com/innovation-in-the-smartphone-market-2014-1

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- Strategy Analytics Executive Director Neil Mawston: "Apple remains strong in the high-end smartphone segment, but a lack of presence in the low-end category is costing it lost volumes in fast-growing emerging markets such as India."

* Samsung grew to about 30 %
* Apple dropped to about 15 %
* Apple reported fourth-quarter 2013 revenue yesterday of $57.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $13.1 billion. Apple sold 26 million ipads
* Strategy Analytics reported 990 million smartphones shipped.

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CONVERSATION 3SHOWLINKS

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[me] Apple may be working on touch screens that double as solar chargers. A newly granted patent describes a laptop with a see-through touch display that charges the laptop through solar power. The display could also be made non-transparent. When the laptop is closed, the outside lid could show certain information. The patent comes in the wake of a prediction by Seeking Alpha investment blogger Matt Margolis that Apple was working on a future iPhone that charges right through the screen, which will be made from sapphire glass rather than Gorilla Glass. His prediction was based on an analysis of Apple patents, job postings, capital equipment announcements and other information. http://bgr.com/2014/01/28/iphone-6-sapphire-glass-solar-battery-charging/http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/28/apple-patents-a-two-sided-solar-powered-macbook-screen-with-touch-input/

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1968091-apples-solar-powered-iphone-6-and-ipod-touch-under-a-sapphire-hood

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[me] Matt Margolis joins us to explain his prediction about Apple's solar iPhone. Welcome Matt!

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QUESTIONS:
How far along do you believe Apple’s rumored solar iPhone is?
Are you familiar with Alcatel’s technology?
Wouldn’t any kind of mucking around with the screen degrade quality?

POINTS
* Just a rumor
* Tech may not be ready
* Apple wouldn’t sacrifice screen quality
* We told you earlier this month about Alcatel demo at CES
* Alcatel available 2015

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CONVERSATION 4SHOWLINKS

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[sl] Serial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis and former Atlantic Wire editor Gabriel Snyder have launched a mobile news app and website called Inside, which will have between 700 and a thousand updates on any given day - each one of them will be “written by humans — no algorithms." Inside's summaries includes a photo, headline and about 300 characters worth of description about the news. It's designed to cut back on linkbait and unnecessary aggregation. http://gigaom.com/2014/01/27/jason-calacanis-launches-inside-a-mobile-news-curation-app-powered-by-humans/

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[me] Jason Calacanis is a serial entrepreneur and blogger. His previous startups include Weblogs Inc and Mahalo. http://calacanis.com/

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QUESTIONS:
* Why does the world need another news reader?
* Inside dot com seeks to save mobile users from Buzzfeed-like linkbait. But don’t those spread virally because people really want them?
* Your “atomic units” appear to have a unique style -- almost like the entire summary is written like a headline.
* How will you assure quality native advertising?
* BlackBerry is an investor; did that buy them priority in launch platforms?

POINTS:
* Summaries 300-character max called an “atomic unit”
* Content summaries come from from 100 to 150 sources.
* Headline plus a few facts
* Won’t that format remove the need to read the story?
* Focus on who broke the story
* Thumbs up, thumbs down
* No search yet, but coming
* Biz model: native advertising
* iOS, BlackBerry, and the Web. Coming later: Android
* BlackBerry is an investor

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CONVERSATION 5SHOWLINKS

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[me] Google is now offering prescription Google Glass eyeglasses. For $225 more than the $1,500 price of Google Glass, Google will sell you titanium frames in any of four styles and eight colors. Google also added two more options for clip-on sunglasses for Glass at $150. Google Glass available currently only to about 30,000 people (including Jason and me), But is expected to ship this year. SHOW VIDEO FULL SCREEN:
http://youtu.be/eneEmDtSvzI
http://www.google.com/glass/start/

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* Not cheap!
* Google partnered withVision Service Plan: US Eye Care Professionals in the US up to speed on the lens and fitting requirements of the new
* Do Eye Care Professionals object to Google Glass?
* Titanium Collection.
* Blends in more.
* Styles: Bold, Curve, Thin, and Split
* 40 combinations of colors, frames, and shades
* Can’t remove Glass from Glasses easily
* What about magnet patent?

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CONVERSATION 6SHOWLINKS

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[sl] A developer named Steven Troughton-Smith has posted a video to YouTube that he claims is iOS in the Car, Apple’s upcoming car dashboard system. The system is running in a simulator, and Troughton-Smith claims that iOS in the Car is already present in iOS 7.0.3, but can’t be activated by default. http://youtu.be/M5OZMu5u0yUhttp://gigaom.com/2014/01/28/watch-video-might-show-apples-ios-in-the-car-in-action/

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- does not mirror iphone screen - different layout for dash

He claims it:
* Supports Multiple Resolutions
* Supports touchscreens (presumably single-touch?), hardware buttons, wheels and touchpads
* Does not support multitasking – car display will always show same current on-screen app as iPhone (which can be locked/asleep)
* Whitelisted to specific Apple apps – no public API for developers [yet?]
* Has no keyboard UI – voice recognition as input
* UI clearly subject to change

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IN OTHER NEWSSHOWLINKS

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[me] Google and LEGO have collaborated to build virtual LEGO inside the Chrome browser. The feature uses WebGL to let you build anything out of on-screen LEGO, then publish your creation on Google+. You can even use a touch screen to build LEGO projects “by hand,” using any mobile touch device that runs Chrome. START AT 0:07:
http://youtu.be/r4TIkhm2tWc?t=7s

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On Tech News Today: Amazon's New Game Console * Apple's new solar patent * And Jason Calacanese's new joint

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